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post #11 of 12 Old 02-26-2012, 12:40 PM
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One thing I would look at is what you are feeding her. As she is older, she may be getting feed/hay that is too "hot" for her now.

Take some of your hay in and have it analyzed by your vet to see where it is at.

And you might look into a feed with less carbs/molasses/corn, if she is getting that. And just because you haven't changed her feed, doesn't mean it is reacting same way now as it did years ago, OR that company didn't tinker with the formula and it is very different.

But feed/hay will cause some major changes in horses, and is one of the easiest things to fix too.

I've known TWH/Racking Horses that got like this on crimped oats, and a QH that would be hanging from stall rafters after one flake of peanut hay. Just climbing out of his skin.

Worth a try. Keep a notebook of what you are trying and what you are seeing with her, so you can have a record of changes.

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post #12 of 12 Old 02-27-2012, 06:01 PM
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Did she have a lot of time off? If you're not graining her up she definitely sounds her bound and barn sour (unless she is losing eyesight, then she could be nervous, have you had this checked?) If she is just being herd bound, I would put her in another pasture with other horses or alone to start to break that up a bit. I would ride her away from the barn and make her go forwards for turning around and the ride home, when she tries to run home I would turn her right back around and ride her in the opposite direction until she stops acting up. Then I would stop for a moment, turn around and start back towards home again...if she acts up, turn right back around and ride the other way until she is calm. Repeate, Repeat, Repeat could be in for a long ride, but if you go until she is tired of fighting or until she is pooped either way she will walk home slowly at the pace you're asking.

When my mare tries to take off with the other horses on the way in or run away from something (rather than just run home), I spin her until she stops then make her walk. She tries to take off, I spin her and let her stop and calm then mpove out again. I find the repeat button very effective. :0 )
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